Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Minute Halloween Decor Ideas

If fall isn’t your favorite time of the year, then there’s a good chance Halloween isn’t your favorite holiday. If this is the case, then you’ve probably also put off decorating for the spookiest day of the year. Don’t worry though, there’s still time, and some decorations can be kept until at least Thanksgiving. To help you get into the spirit and make it so that the young trick-or-treaters won’t question your lack of decorations, we’ve put together some last minute ideas.

  1. Wine Bottle Potions - Instantly turn your home bar cart into a traveling potion cart. Using empty bottles, spray paint them using a matte black color. You’ll want to double or even triple coat them for the best effect. Then, design the scariest names for your potions and print out labels to be glued onto the sides of the bottles.
  2. Spooky Furniture - For this you’ll need cheesecloth to cover your furniture. Cover just one chair, or go all out and cover everything from the couches to the dining room table. The cloth can also be used to cover things like your mirror or a window you may have on your front door. Remember, the creepier it looks when draped across the furniture, the better!
  3. Fall Wreath - For this decoration you’ll need to do a little bit of work. At your local craft store purchase a wreath frame and an assortment of decorative leaves. Glue the leaves around the wreath, and if on-hand, grab some sticks and pine cones from your yard as well for the wreath. This can be hung on your front door for at least the next month. And if you want to go full Halloween on your wreath, spray paint the leaves with the black matte paint for a spooky effect.
  4. Ghostly Mirror - To best make this decoration, you’re going to need frosted window film. You can design your own ghost, or simply follow this pattern. The best part of this decoration is the film is made for glass, so there won’t be any mess left behind after!
Are you also a last minute decorator? In the comments section, tell us about your go to Halloween decorations! And if you’re looking to update your couches or bar cart, stop in to a store near you or find us online!

Friday, October 14, 2016

6 Things To Never Give Up When Moving In With Someone

So you’ve finally reached that tipping point of needing a roommate? Whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or total stranger, you’ll both probably have to make some serious adjustments to the amount of belongings you have. Deciding what can be junked, donated or sold is always a hard decision. You must learn to part with old trinkets and items that you no longer use. Although, there are some items that you should keep that you may not be thinking about. To help you make sure those items aren’t trashed or sold, we’ve put together a list for you.

  1. Heirlooms - This may seem like a no brainer for most, but when those plates passed down from your grandparents collect enough dust to make a dust bunny family, it can be hard not to toss them. Save them though, and use them when you have family over to bring back memories from old times. Antiques may also seem pointless now, but like wine, they’ll get better with age, and you’ll appreciate them when that time comes.  
  2. Lamps - Unless you live where the sun rarely sets, you’ll always need light at some point during the day. Lamps are also great for filling space on end tables, nightstands, and corners of rooms when using a stand up lamp. When used right, lighting can also bring a different ambiance to any room, which means the more options.
  3. Artwork - Aside from old tour posters signed by artists, there comes a time when we all realize that posters may not be the best ways to cover our walls. That’s where artwork comes in. Whether it be paintings, prints or photographs, anything beats an empty wall. It makes a home or apartment feel like it’s your own. Another great thing about art is that it can be re-framed and made to feel new again at any time.
  4. Home Bar - It might be time to stop buying off the bottom shelf, but there’s no reason to throw away your home bar just yet. You may no longer be trying to impress a significant other with your bar cart, but now you can impress friends and family. Keeping a well stocked bar is a great way to make sure every guest at dinner or a party enjoys their time.
  5. Old Towels - This one may seem like a mistake, but it’s not. An old towel can have a new life in a matter of seconds. Cut them down and use them for use as a cleaning rag around the house or in the garage. This will save you money on paper towels and allow you to spend that money elsewhere.
  6. Decorative Pillows - After moving in with someone your throw pillows may no longer match the furniture, but like the towel, you can bring them back in another way. Simply purchase covers or make your own for continued use. Lastly, don’t be afraid to use them in a different way than when you originally purchased them. A new cover can take your couch pillow to appropriately matching your bed decor.

Have any other essential items that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you’re looking for additional furniture to add to your new space, visit us online or at a store nearest you!

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